Episode 6 – Lizzie Borden (Audio)

Posted 6 April 2011 by


**Special warning:  If you plan to listen to this with little ones, please run through it first yourself.

Due to the very nature of our subject matter, there is unavoidable and graphic violence, though brief, in this episode!

5 Responses to Episode 6 – Lizzie Borden (Audio)

  1. Heather says:

    Hi All,

    I am liking your show so far. I have got a friend of mine listening as well. I did not like how you left out details (Lizzie Borden) just in “case of little ears.” I think your subject content implies adult and do not like not being able to have an adult discussion of history just in case some clueless parent is letting his/her child listen to a show about a woman “taking an axe and giving her mother 40 whacks.” I have two children and neither will be listening to the show anytime soon–regardless of the topic–as it is obviously a PG-13 show.

    Thanks for you efforts. I am a history prof. at a community college and find your show really fun. My friend who is listening as well is an English prof. at the same school.



    • The History Chicks says:

      Thank you for writing and listening, Heather! The information on this case is rather extensive, and we had to pick and choose what we talked about based on what we felt was important. Totally subjective, we know. Our goal is to give people enough information on a subject to whet their curiosity and set off on information gathering of their own. We also have a number of homeschoolers who use our program in their lessons. We gave the “little ears” warning, as well as the explicit rating on itunes, to let the parents of homeschoolers who listen know that there was mature content. We really did not alter our conversation, however. The things we discussed were just what we felt were key to understanding the case.(And we got creeped out by the crime scene pics, and chose not to include them because, quite frankly, they are super easy to find on the web. One of the links, the Lizzie Borden Virtual Museum, has all of them.)

      Thank you for taking the time to write and share your feelings. We hope that you continue to find our discussions fun!

  2. Jane Moore says:

    Enjoy the podcasts a lot, Liked Mrs. Astor and Marie Antoinette. What about Queen Victoria, Madame C.J. Walker or Zora Neale Hurston.
    any or all of the early sufragists
    Tokyo Rose
    Rosie the Riveter (at least that era) Mrs. Roosevelt
    Queen Elizabeth I or 2nd, her cousin Mary Queen of Scotts, Edith Wharton etc.
    you are very good at what your do.

  3. Laurel says:

    I was surprised and honestly a little disappointed that you guys did not cover the different theories that people have come up trying to explain why Lizzie did not have any blood on her, even though you mentioned that she didn’t have blood all over her. I think that out of all of the information available for Lizzie, some of these theories are the more interesting, from being completely nude to hiding her blue summer dress inside of a heavy winter dress and hanging them in plain sight… Just my opinion, however. 🙂

    • The History Chicks says:

      Thanks for writing, Laurel! That is one of the interesting things about this case.Where was the blood? Why was she REALLY burning that dress a few days later? Did you check out the link to the Lizzie Borden messageboard that we had posted in our shownotes? Lots of people still talking about the case in a lot more detail than we can in an about an hour. It’s pretty fascinating stuff!

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